Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, PhD

Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, PhD


Academic Discipline: Management & Organization

Areas of Interest:
High reliability organizing,
Managing Risk and Uncertainty,
Organizational Change

Phone: 410-234-9442

Email: ksutcliffe@jhu.edu


Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, PhD (University of Texas, Austin) is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Business and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Her research is on how organizations and their members cope with uncertainty and unexpected surprises, and how organizations can be designed to be more reliable and resilient. She is currently investigating these issues in healthcare as well as in wild-land firefighting, oil and gas exploration, and other dynamic high-risk industries.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Past Chairman of the Academy of Management Division of Managerial and Organizational Cognition.
  • Editorial boards, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Organization Studies
  • Appointment by National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine to study workforce resilience in the Department of Homeland Security. The research was published in 2013 in a book titled: A Ready and Resilient Workforce for the Department of Homeland Security: Protecting America’s Front Line (Washington, DC: The National Academies Press).

Selected Publications

  • Managing the unexpected: Resilient performance in an age of uncertainty (co-authored with Karl E. Weick, Jossey-Bass, 2007, third edition forthcoming 2015).
  • Vogus, T.J., Rothman, N.B., Sutcliffe, K.M., & Weick, K.E. 2014. The affective foundations of high-reliability organizing. Journal of Organizational Behavior. In press.
  • Sutcliffe, K.M., & Vogus, T. 2014. Organizing for mindfulness. In  A. Ie, T. Ngnoumen, & E. Langer (Eds), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness (pp. 407-424). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Goldenhar, L.M., Brady, P.W., Sutcliffe, K.M., and Muething, S.E. 2013. Huddling for high reliability and situation awareness. BMJ Quality and Safety, 22, 899-906.
  • Niedner, M.F., Muething, S., & Sutcliffe, K.M. 2013. The high-reliability pediatric intensive care unit. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 60, 563-580.
  • Sonenshein, S., Dutton, J.E., Grant, A., Spreitzer, G., & Sutcliffe, K.M. 2012. Growing at work: Employees’ interpretations of progressive self-change in organizations. Organization Science, 24(2), 552-570.
  • Vogus, T., & Sutcliffe, K.M. 2012. Organizational mindfulness and mindful organizing: A reconciliation and path forward. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 11(4), 722-735.
  • Sutcliffe, K.M., & Christianson, M.K. 2011. Managing the unexpected. In K. Cameron & G. Spreitzer (Eds), Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship (pp. 843-855). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Medical error: What do we know? What do we do? (co-edited with Marilynn M. Rosenthal, Jossey-Bass, 2002)